Dr. Max Arroyo, interventional cardiologist at St. Bernards Heart & Vascular, will serve as reader at the Stories in the Forest program Saturday, Feb. 7, at The Mall at Turtle Creek. He will read Curious George at the Aquarium and Si Llevas Un Raton a la Escuela (the Spanish version of If You Take A Mouse to School).
One of the really fun things about the February Stories in the Forest is that youngsters will have a chance to hear a favorite book in a language other than English … and maybe learn some Spanish words.
Curious George at the Aquarium is about a visit George makes to the aquarium. Anyone who ever has read a George book knows that what happens is delightful pandemonium that makes for lots of laughs. It is a great read for 4- to 8-year-olds.
The aquarium story carries the names of H.A. and Margaret Rey as authors. The Reys both wrote and illustrated the first seven Curious George books – known as the “original” series. Published between 1941 and 1966, they quickly became favorites of children around the world.
After H.A. Rey died in 1977, Margret Rey began working with Alan J. Shalleck on a second series of Curious George books. Those were published between 1984 and 1993, but are mostly out of print now, though some of the most popular ones have been re-released.
A couple of years after Margret died in 1996, a third series known as the “new adventures” began to appear. The ghostwritten books remain true to the style of the original George stories. So for at least six generations, young readers have been able to enjoy high energy stories about the adventures of a curious little monkey. The current publisher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Si Llevas un Raton a la Escuela by Laura Numeroff is the Spanish version of the book many children know as If You Take a Mouse to School. So, what happens when you take a mouse to school? It sets off a chain of events that children love.
That mouse will want your lunch box … a sandwich to go in it … and pencils … and more. He jumps into lots of activities – things like writing on the blackboard, doing a science “experiment” and building a mouse house with blocks to mention a few.
Published in 2002, it is part of the “If You Give …” series of books for young readers that started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in 1985 (Harper Collins Publishers).
Numeroff has written more than 40 children’s books, with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie probably being the best known. She has worked with a number of illustrators over the years, including Felicia Bond who illustrated the If You Give … series.
The Stories in the Forest program gives parents some quality time with their children and exposes children to some favorite books of local residents. It is an outgrowth of an annual St. Bernards Women’s Council children’s program which began as Kidz Fun Fair and now is known as Kids on the Mile.
The Women’s Council is a group of about 120 area women who have joined together in an advisory role to give input on important healthcare issues impacting women and children. They encourage educational as well as service outreach efforts designed to make Jonesboro a better place to live, work and raise families.
Stories in the Forest is scheduled for 3 p.m. at St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek on Saturday, Feb. 7 and is open to the interested public at no charge.